After what happened this Sunday, the Miller Family is establishing their own dietary guidelines.
Although four out of the five of us ate decently today, one of the kids (he this child wouldn't want me divulging his their name), ate atrociously.
You know, churches are one of the worst places for ruining a kid's appetite. I know this for a fact because my nameless child ate pastries and donuts at church all morning, and then, of course, that child didn't want any real food for lunch.
He didn't eat anything else before we left for church this evening, yet at church he had a fudge popsicle. Then when he came home he said (surprise, surprise) that he didn't want anything to eat except grapes.
We didn't force any other food down him today—eating like this for one day won't kill him—but Jeff and I are determined that we're going to do something about it starting tomorrow. We both realize that it's definitely time we institute—not just for my kids, but for myself as well—some iron-clad dietary guidelines to help guide us in our daily food choices.
But it won't be the food pyramid or the RDA guidelines. No, I think we'll tailor our dietary guidelines to fit our family where we are right now. So instead of following RDA, we'll be following MFDDR guidelines, which stands for "Miller Family Daily Dietary Requirements." (Corny, I know. But I can be a very corny person…)
"MFDDR" may not be quite as catchy as "RDA," but I think the kids will get my point.
So here are the MFDDR guidelines Jeff and I have come up with so far. As you will see, there are only two guidelines right now, so we'll be working on these two things this week and adding more guidelines as these are learned:
1. FRUITS/VEGGIES: As I've mentioned before, I've never been a big fruit and vegetable eater. And unfortunately my kids have followed suit. That's not to say that my kids are entirely opposed to eating fruits and vegetables; in fact, Jaden loves broccoli and Jerah adores peaches. It's just that they're not used to eating fruits and vegetables on a regular basis (and neither am I).
Consequently, instituting a 5-a-day fruit and veggie requirement from the very first would be doomed to failure. So I'm going to start smaller. I think we'll start with 3-a-day.
2. DESSERT: No dessert until the fruits/veggies for the day have been eaten. And then, they can have only one serving of any food that could be classified as "dessert" per day. That could mean a lollipop, ice cream, cookie, etc.
I'm fairly certain these guidelines will meet with some opposition. No…I'm positive they'll be opposed by my kids. But I'm determined to assert my "Mommy Authority" and see if we can change some habits—on the kids' part and my own!
If you'd like to read about some families who are already successfully feeding their children fruits and vegetables, check out Toni's and Kate's blogs and see what they're doing in our “3 Moms, 3 Kitchens, 31 Days” adventure this week.